THE Welsh Government has been called on to act on the rising levels of complaints against Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
On Friday the Leader reported the health board could be facing a bill of
£58 million after complaints and legal claims, the majority of which were for clinical negligence.
North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood has now called on the Welsh Government to take action to address the rising levels of complaints and subsequent cost implications.
Raising the matter at the Senedd during this week’s Business Statement, Mr Isherwood asked what the Welsh Government proposed to do to address the increasing number of complaints.
He said: “I call for a statement in relation to complaints and the charges and rising financial implications of those complaints against health boards in Wales, given the news that Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board could be facing claims costing, potentially, £58m – a 32 per cent rise – the majority of which relate to clinical negligence.”
The Minister for Local Government and Government Business, Lesley Griffiths did not answer Mr Isherwood’s question.
A BCUHB spokesman said: “The health board has seen an increase in the number of claims made against the health service which is in line with national trends.
“The estimated figure is based on the projected current activity although the final sum will of course be dependent on each individual case.
“For example, damages awarded in claims that involve birth injuries can be very substantial.
“We are working very hard to reduce such rises in expenditure by ensuring lessons are learned from civil claims and clinical practices are changed and improved as a result.”